Get away from the hordes
Lot 1107 Jalan Batu Belah, Batu Bertangkup Kedawang, Langkawi T: (01) 9599 4494 / (04) 955 6534
For those seeking a traditional backpacker environment away from Langkawi’s tourist-busy beach areas, the Box Chalet inland towards Kedawang, nestled next to paddy and with a gorgeous sunset view of distant foothills, is a good choice.
Located four kilometres north of the main Kedawang Road on Jalan Batu Belah, this intimate establishment is easy to miss amid its surrounding foliage, so look near the curvy corner for the pale blue U-shaped building with dark blue awnings. The Box Chalet’s small but comfortable seven-room guesthouse has enjoyed a steady stream of visitors and return business since opening in 2011.
There are six standard rooms available for 100 ringgit per night and one family room that can accommodate up to four guests for 130 ringgit. Rooms are painted in soothing pastel hues and are tastefully decorated with artsy touches, giving them more of a studio apartment feel. All the rooms are also well equipped with air-con, flat screen TV, mini fridge (remember the duty-free stock up option), hot-water showers and free WiFi. There is also comfy outdoor seating just outside the door. One could easily call this home for a while.
Like many smaller guesthouses in Langkawi, one of the things that makes staying here so special are the proprietors themselves. Mas and Fendi are a charming couple with years of experience in the hotel and restaurant business between them and they run The Box Chalet with casual efficiency. They can also assist with transport options, other travel arrangements or supply you with local sightseeing information.
Although transportation of some sort would be necessary in the area, the location adds the convenience of lesser distances to various parts of the island — always a plus during rainy days or when negotiating cattle-crossing type roads late at night. Aside from the popular landmark beaches, the nearby night markets of Kedawang and Bohor Tempoyak are within an easy five- to 10-minute reach, as are local markets and eateries. In the big scheme of things, they are about half-way between the International Airport and the main ferry terminal in Kuah.
The surrounding fauna and backroad meandering options available here would be especially attractive to nature lovers and cycle enthusiasts — and The Box Chalet rents bicycles. Tucked in the back of the small courtyard is a small portico common area with tables where you can have breakfast or suss over your travel itinerary. Breakfast is not included but it can be requested the night before and for a mere 5-10 ringgit and that roll-out-of-bed convenience, you can’t go wrong.
By Vanessa Workman
Last updated on 28th February, 2016.